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$23.6 Billion Dollar Man: Is Attorney Willie Gary The Greatest Black Attorney of All-Time?

Recently Attorney Willie Gary added to his legend by convincing a  jury in northwestern Florida to award a staggering $23 billion judgment late Friday against the country’s second-largest tobacco company for causing the death of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 36. In this interview me and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss this historic verdict and whether …

What All Championship Teams Know About Winning in the 21st Century

“Just as in sports, the business team with the best talent, that is the best trained and the most motivated, usually wins the championship.”  This is how I started my presentation on Diversity and Inclusion at Conner & Winters’ annual partners’ retreat in September, 2013.  Conner & Winters is one of Oklahoma’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, with over …

Attorney Solomon-Simmons Inspires Inner City Students To Become Lawyers

I am very excited to share with you that the N.O.B.L.A.’s Third Annual Pipeline Plus Legal Diversity Program (“Program”) was a huge success.  48 inner-city high school students from Tulsa Public Schools and lawyers, judges, paralegals, and court personnel from all over the state of Oklahoma participated in our one day legal diversity conference. First, the students visited the Tulsa …

South’s 1st Black Female Law Student’s Legacy Stronger Than Ever!

Sixty-five years ago this year, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher became the first Black female to attend law school in the South when she enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law (“OU Law”).  After initially being denied admission because she was Black, and supported by hundreds of small donations  from all over the Nation, Fisher filed a lawsuit in 1946 …